All Articles For Vol 76 Issue 06 12/15/1999

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Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan. Mission Activities You will have to allow me some freedom in this issue of the “News.” Having just returned yesterday from sixteen days in the United Kingdom, I find it almost impossible to think about anything else. What a privilege and opportunity Rev. A. Spriensma and I had to visit first in South Wales and then in Northern Ireland with the congregation of the Covenant PRC in NI. In each place I was humbled by their devotion, commitment, and knowledge of the Reformed faith. God is indeed...

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Rev. VanBaren is a minister emeritus in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Bishop Spong—and Church Revival On October 31 we commemorated the Reformation of the church which began some 480 years ago. Today we witness continued and increasing attacks against the truths maintained in that Reformation. We have been reading of the signed agreement between the Roman Catholic Church and much of Lutheranism in which these now express agreement on a definition of “justification.” The agreement is in fact capitulation on the part of these Lutherans. But the attack against the principles of the Reformation is made on other fronts as...

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Rev. Kuiper is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Byron Center, Michigan. O God, to Thy Anointed King Give truth and righteousness; Thy people He will justly judge And give the poor redress. The poor man’s cause He will maintain, The needy He will bless, And He will break the strength of those Who would the poor oppress. (Psalter 193, stanzas 1 and 3, versification of Psalm 72 ) In these stanzas, and in Psalm 72, God’s saints express their confidence that Jehovah will care for His beloved poor through Christ, typified in Solomon, God’s anointed king. God’s certain care...

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Rev. Bruinsma is pastor of Kalamazoo Protestant Reformed Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The new millennium is almost upon us. Soon the 1900s will be no more. It will be the year 2000. It is natural that many in this past year have been reflecting on the old millennium and what has gone before. The world in which we live has changed dramatically as time has progressed. In just the last century man has advanced in knowledge a hundredfold! So much so, in fact, that unbelieving optimists contend that, given this rate of development, man in this new millennium will learn...

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Rev. Kleyn is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Edgerton, Minnesota. Matthew 18 has sometimes been referred to as “The Forgotten Chapter” of Scripture. This is because we so often forget the admonition in verses 15 and 16 of that chapter. There we read: “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou has gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word...

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Rev. Key is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Randolph, Wisconsin. As we make the transition in our doctrinal studies from Christology to soteriology, or the doctrine of salvation, we consider together the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. That is fitting, because soteriology is the work of the Holy Spirit in applying the benefits of Christ to the elect. We read in Acts 2:1 that the Holy Spirit was poured out when the day of Pentecost was fully come, that is, when the day of the Old Testament Pentecost was fulfilled. It was therefore the morning of the next day, the...

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Rev. VanderWal is pastor of Covenant Protestant Reformed Church in Wyckoff, NJ. O little town of Bethlehem, lying in the shadow of Jerusalem! What is Bethlehem when compared to Zion, the city of the great King? But Bethlehem, though least among the thousands of Judah, would have a place in the history of redemption. Out of this small city was one to come forth to be ruler in Israel. No ordinary king, but one whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Bethlehem—not Jerusalem—was to have honored guests: wise men from the east, to bow before this Ruler....

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Remembering as we do the birth of Jesus Christ, we rejoice at the Jubilee year that that birth has brought. The purpose of the coming into our flesh of the Son of God was to give the true Israel of God—the elect church in all nations—the year of Jubilee. Jesus Himself announced this. At the beginning of His ministry, He described His work as the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah 61:1, 2. And Isaiah had foretold the mission of the coming Messiah as bringing about the great year of Jubilee. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he...

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 Herman Hoeksema was the first editor of the Standard Bearer. * Standard Bearer, December 15, 1939. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Wonderful, indeed! Wonderful, that the church of the old dispensation, while the mystery was still hid, could thus sing and shout for joy at the prospect of His coming, the coming of the Prince of Peace! And wonderful is He, as in the...

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